The line for vehicle registration recently has been wrapped around the Hardin County Government Building.

Hardin County Clerk Debbie Donnelly said some people get to the office as early as 6:30 a.m. for their registration. Although the office was closed for three days last week to tackle the election, Donnelly said a variety of other factors could be contributing to the line.

Donnelly noted Frank­fort gave those who would have renewed their registrations in March a 90-day extension, giving them until the end of June.

Furthermore, Donnelly said they’ve had people come from other counties because their county offices are not open.

To make the wait easier, Donnelly said they try to bring water out to people as well as some snacks. She said they also have “runners” taking the quicker items, such as renewal of registrations and placards, to complete in a more timely process.

“We’re doing the best we can,” she said. “I wish we could blink our eyes and have everyone waited on at one time.”

Donnelly said her office has tape on the ground to indicate the six-feet for social distancing as recommended during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Although several people make their way to the office, Donnelly said there are other ways people can renew their vehicle registration.

They can renew their registration at The website gives step-by-step instructions on what to do.

They can also drop their payment, including $2 postage/handling (checks or money orders only) in the drop box at the clerk’s office and it will processed and mailed back. People should include their name and phone number on the outside of the envelope. Registration renewals may also be mailed in.

In addition, registration renewals also may be renewed by credit/debit card over the phone by calling 270-765-2171 option 2 for vehicle.

Mary Alford can be reached at 270-505-1741 or

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Waive the online fees and announce it. That could help cut line and limit exposure to the virus.

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